Jordan King arrives on 3 day visit to India

Jordan King arrives on 3 day visit to India

IMPHAL, Feb 27: King of Jordan, Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein, who arrived on a three day visit to the country today will discuss bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest.
The Jordan King was warmly received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at New Delhi today.
The visit comes within a few weeks of Prime Minister Modi’s transit through Amman to Palestine.
The visit by the Indian Prime Minister to West Asia earlier this month, which included Jordan, the UAE and Oman, was described as “history in the making”.
On the first leg of his tour of West Asia, PM Modi met King Abdullah II in Amman. This was the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Jordan in 30 years. Both the countries have been looking for closer cooperation since diplomatic relations were established in 1950.
Jordan King’s visit will definitely enhance collaboration between the two countries in business, investment, trade and technology, said sources.
King Abdullah is slated to give a special talk in Delhi’s Vigyan Bhawan on Thursday, where he is expected to highlight India’s role in combating extremist thoughts by averting the threats of ISIS and al-Qaeda.
He will speak on “Islamic Heritage: promoting understanding and moderation” to an audience that includes academics and Islamic scholars, as well as representatives of all denominations of the Indian Muslim community, as NDTV reported. The above topic has reportedly been selected by the king himself. Particularly noteworthy in this visit, which officials said would be the “first of its kind” for New Delhi, is the release of the Urdu translation of the book written by King Abdullah’s cousin and renowned Islamic thinker, Prince Ghazi Bin Mohammad in the same premise of Vigyan Bhawan.
The crucial significance of this event lies in the news that this authoritative work on the Essence of Islam titled “A Thinking Person’s Guide to Islam” will be launched by Prime Minister Modi.
Detailing how countries like India have escaped jihadist influences due to the most moderate and tolerant strand of Islam—non-Takfiri Hanafi Islam — being largely practised in the country, the book includes a complete chapter on the “Crisis of ISIS”. It holds vital significance not only because it has been authored by the Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad who is a descendant of the Prophet, an asset to the Hashimite Kingdom of Jordan and an eminent Islamic scholar engaged in rigorous research and intellectual activism on counter-extremism, but also because the book’s foreword has been written by the King himself, who is known for his global effort of deradicalisation.
He is also custodian of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam, located in the Old City of Jerusalem.
In his visit to Amman, Prime Minister Modi vowed to boost India-Jordan ties, especially in security and intelligence, defence, trade and investment. According to the media reports, the Jordanian King’s special address at Delhi’s Vigyan Bhawan, India’s religious plurality will be highlighted as key to success in mitigating the influence of extremist Islamist groups such as ISIS and al-Qaeda.
Since India and Jordan share counter-terror strategies, their bilateral ties will be well received in combating the forces of radicalism, added sources.

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